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Another Abuse of Process

Jason Collins and Ben Cooper McGrigors discuss the recent collapse of yet another Customs & Excise case
There may be no better example of the need for the new independent prosecution body for revenue and customs matters than the decision of Mr Justice Crane on 26 May 2005 staying criminal proceedings brought against Mr Uddin and four others. The proceedings were stayed because of a serious abuse of process by the prosecution arm of HM Customs & Excise (as was) surrounding its failure to disclose highly relevant information to the defence. That decision followed Mr Justice Pontius' ruling earlier that month that there had been a serious abuse of process by HMCE in a similar case R v Lewis and others. The Independent estimated that the costs of these...

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